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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Day Trip to Adsmore House in Princeton, KY

In June I took a short road trip with some friends (my homemakers club).  We went to visit The Adsmore House in Princeton, KY.

It was built in 1854, and owned by the last family from 1900.  In 1984 Katherine Garrett bequeathed the Adsmore estate to the trustees of the George Coon Public Library.  Her will stipulated that all of its elaborate furnishings to be restored and that the house be maintained as a public museum. 
The house is full of beautiful furniture; almost all of it is original to the family.  What is unique about this particular home tour is that it changes seasonally to portray a different event.  We were there for “Selena’s Wedding”.
After getting your tickets at the old carriage house, which is now the gift shop, you stroll up the walk to the back porch.


Here you wait for your tour to begin.  The views are lovely.  I’m sure this used to be a favorite spot for the family.  Before too long, you are greeted by your guide who is dressed in period clothing.  She acts as tho she is a family member and you are guests to the home.  Until you get used to it, it can seem a bit strange as she often went “out of character” to explain renovations or how the museum came to be… then she would go back into the 1912 character. 
No inside photos are allowed, so this shot thru the window from the porch is all I have. 

The home is beautifully furnished and well worth the visit to see.

One word of caution… be careful not to touch anything…including the doorways!  You’ll get barked at!  At one point we were told to look out a window at something.  A man who was also in our tour group pushed the window sheer aside to look.  The little lady was all over him about touching the curtain… seems we were to look through the sheers.  (She did tell us it was alright to touch the banisters as we went up the stairs!  LOL)

The grounds are beautifully kept and well worth the time to walk thru.
It was lilac time when we were there.  The bushes perfumed the grounds.  I can’t wait until my lilacs are big like these!

When Himself comes home, I plan on taking him up to see the house.  I wonder what the ‘season’ will be?

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